2015, A Transition Year for The Concussion Blog


Exactly what this transition will be is yet to be determined…

As time has passed since starting this blog in 2010 I have traversed many topics, many places and many relationships using concussions as a conduit.  I must say it has been overwhelmingly positive and beneficial; I can only hope it has been the same for those on the other end.

When I and we began there were many unknowns — plenty still remain — and much misinformation about concussions hence the starting of this monster.  The spotlight shifted to this issue in sports and life around 2011-12 and has since taken a life of its own.  As we have gained information into this debate, injury and recovery this blog has lost a lot of its unique luster, to me as the sole provider of content.  Over the time of this blog there has been great interest into my insight and ability to communicate which has spawned many opportunities for me, for which I am grateful.  I also feel this blog and the work put in here by me and others has contributed to the overall increase in awareness and other information sources on this topic.

I still have the passion for this niche in sports medicine and general education of the public and those that are seeking it.  I welcome all the emails and the contact for those that deem my intuition and expertise on this matter valuable; I will not turn away a chance to set the record straight or give my opinion on something related to concussions.

However, I have realized that I do not have the time or impetus to continually blog (as if it wasn’t obvious by my lack of posts over the past few months).  There are many factors playing into this and if you care to know some of them they are: growing active family, increased job responsibility, increased attention to my best friend and wife, less time in the day, background consultation on concussions, and lack of what I feel in new information — or I feel like I’m beating a dead horse on here.

That does not mean this space will close, in fact, I feel it is an opportunity for me or others to take what has been started and move this in a direction where it can continue to help and keep those that want to know about concussions informed.

I have given much thought to this and listened to many ideas for The Concussion Blog from various sources, even sought out some thoughts from others, what has become obvious is that I cannot let this completely disappear and look like the ruins of Ancient Greece.  There is too much work here.  There are too many communications from others that make this worthwhile.  There are too many people who have yet to need to know this information but will out there.  There needs to be a place for those to find this information.

The plan is simple at this time, I will dig up old posts and have them up as frequent as I can remember to do; kind of a history lesson.  Perhaps this will spur me into fresh material and more information, or perhaps this will put someone into action to take control of this blog.  Regardless of the outcome, if this is how the lights fade on this blog then it will go out with the “best of” being rolled one more time.

To say this is a goodbye from me is premature, there are many things and people I am working with and I feel I will have a continued imprint on concussions from an athletic trainer perspective, they just won’t be completely through this blog.

For now, I just wanted all of you to know where I have been and my current plan of attack.  Feel free to reach out to me with ideas and if you still have questions.  Looking forward to a new transition while still doing what I originally set out to do!

Thanks,

Dustin

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5 thoughts on “2015, A Transition Year for The Concussion Blog

  1. phil colwell February 23, 2015 / 12:45

    your blog will be missed by many including myself; ex CFL running back Phil Colwell

    • phil colwell February 23, 2015 / 15:19

      if you or anyone wants me to take the final leg of the baton; i will do the best i can; my father was a newspaper editer and myself a pro football player from the 80,s when we were taught to hit helmet to helmet wich is a penalty now; i have lost much because of my concussions; money wife and friends; it is time people know the results of our stupid actions in youth.

    • Dustin Fink March 2, 2015 / 09:51

      I don’t think I’m going anywhere, quite yet… I hope this blog does not either.

  2. Jake Benford (@JakeBenfordMD) February 26, 2015 / 00:16

    We all understand the pull of what is ultimately the core of what is important. If the light is fading understand that the work you have done is important and invaluable. You have given a forum for those of us with similar passion and have brought others into the fight. Your leg may be ending but the baton has been passed with many more standing at attention then when you started.

    • Dustin Fink March 2, 2015 / 09:50

      Thank you, Jake! It means a lot to me!

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